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Walford eager to help Canes tight ends get in the end zone; Golden talks Forston injury

CORAL GABLES -- Do you remember the last time a Hurricanes tight end caught a pass and got into the end zone?

Clive Walford does. He did it.

Clive Walford Late in the second quarter of UM's 24-6 win at home over Ohio State three weeks ago, Walford caught a pass at about the Buckeyes' 5-yard line, faked two defenders out of their shoes and waltzed into the end zone. The 6-4, 245-pound redshirt freshman from Belle Glade was so pumped about scoring his first career touchdown, he leaped into the arms of guard Harland Gunn and pumped his fist.

But then, the excitement was tempered. UM was penalized for an illegal formation on the play because receiver Tommy Streeter was not lined up with the ball.

"When they called it back I was like 'Oh man'," Walford said. "But what could you do? That's football."

Walford let that play go. But the drop at the goalline late in the fourth quarter against Kansas State a week later -- that's eaten at him a little. UM (2-2) would have rallied to take the lead on the Wildcats had Walford held onto the slightly under thrown pass from Jacory Harris. Instead, the Canes tried unsuccessfully at running it in from 2-yards out on its next three plays and lost 28-24.

Last week against Bethune-Cookman, Walford hauled in an 11-yard pass from Harris, but promptly fumbled it away.

Frustration? Walford said he isn't letting it enter his system. Instead, he's facing his woes head on and taking it all as part of the growth process.

"I wouldn't say any of it is tough luck. I just have to execute," Walford said. "They're giving me the opportunity. I just got to step up and make plays.

"I was supposed to catch that ball [versus Kansas State]. It hit my hands, I dropped it. It was a tough catch. But when it comes down to it, I have to make that catch. I had a chance to help my team win that game and I didn't come through. The following week, I was going hard in practice, got extra work in on that same play to make sure I executed the next time my number was called.

"As for the fumble, when I caught it, as I was tucking it and started running with it, someone came and hit me and it just came out. I didn't even see where the defender was. It happens. The key is not letting it happen again."

The Hurricanes, averaging 29.25 points on offense per game (62nd out of 120 FBS schools), haven't necessarily needed a lot from their tight ends this season. But their production has been minimal. Through four games, Chase Ford (3 catches, 34 yards), Walford (3 catches, 19 yards) and Asante Cleveland (1 catch, 6 yards) have been virtually transparent. That's been pretty surprising considering UM coach Al Golden talked a lot in the preseason about how the tight ends were going to be more involved.

Golden said Tuesday, "it's not like we're dissatisfied with how they're playing... we just have to get more opportunities to get the tight ends involved."

Still, it's now been 15 games since a UM tight end scored a touchdown -- that's when Ford hauled in a 9-yard touchdown pass from Harris with 14:52 to play at Ohio State on Sept. 11, 2010.

While the Canes hves been efficient in their red zone opportunities (UM has scored touchdowns on 8 of 12 trips), both losses can be attributed some to failures in the red zone. Aside from the Kansas State loss, UM had a chance against Maryland to score a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. Instead, the Canes settled for a field goal and 24-23 lead with 4:01 to play. Maryland came back down the field and hit the go-ahead field goal before icing the game on an interception return for a touchdown.

Could this be the week UM's tight ends finally break out and get in the end zone? Well last week, Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen had four catches for 75 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 23-3 win in Blacksburg.

After three rough weeks, Walford would certainly love to follow Allen's lead.

"As long as we're winning, that's all that matters to me," Walford said. "But it would be pretty sweet to get to get in that end zone again. And this time hopefully it counts."

MORE NEWS AND NOTES

> Al Golden said Walford has "worked really well on his hands, but he's an infant in terms of football. He has a large upside, and he's just starting his football intelligence and learning the game and everything. He's a guy we should be getting the ball to better."

But, Golden added: "He's a guy that should be doing it in practice like [Tommy] Streeter and Travis [Benjamin] are doing. Streeter and Travis' practice habits are markedly better than they were even at the start of the year. We need that from Clive so quarterbacks can trust him and carry that over to the game."

> Jacory Harris said Walford's blocking has improved and what he likes most about him is that "he's not someone that complains or anything. He just goes out there, does his job."

"And because of that, I'm sure something special is going to happen for him before the end of the year," Harris said.

> Golden has said multiple times this week he hasn't been happy with the Hurricanes' struggles on third and fourth down and short yardage situations.

"Unacceptable," Golden said of the struggles. "Any criticism there is more than fair. We have to do a better job there. We have to decide what we want our identity to be there. We've tried a multitude of things there. We just have to settle in. but clearly when it's one yard and the game is on the line we have to be able to get that via the run. That's going to be critical for us."

UM has been in 13 situations this season where they've needed one yard to either convert a third or fourth down or score -- the most infamous being in the loss at Kansas State. After beginning the season converting 5 of its first 7 attempts in those situations, UM has converted just once over it's last six tries, starting with the loss to the Wildcats.

"It's on all of us," Golden said Sunday. "... We have to look at the schemes from Jedd [Fisch] and the offensive staff, look at our execution, look at whose hands [we're putting the ball in] for those situations."

> Golden went on the Dan LeBatard Show on 790TheTicket Thursday and discussed the season-ending injury to defensive tackle Marcus Forston.

"Brutal," Golden said. "I feel bad for the young man. That's a position we've just been crushed at. Luther Robinson has been out so far for every game. Curtis Porter has been out for every game. Now Marcus is out. It's been brutal in there at defensive tackle. Again, I feel bad for the young man. It will be a three month recovery. He'll come back and be fine. Right now we need the next young man to step up and play better for us."

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First!

Any chance we can avoid this blog becoming a forum to bash UM's tight ends?

Someone threw out the idea of trying some of the backup offensive linemen at tackle - anyone have candidates?

Yawn

Irrelevance must be tough on you guys.

Just wait until the sanctions come and Al Golden BOLLLTTTSSSSSS

Losing to Kansas State at home is down right pitiful.

Well, at least you have the Marlins. Best sports team in South Florida.

I will never understand how someone can click onto the Miami Herald, read the Miami Herald's blog about the University of Miami Hurricanes, and then scroll to the bottom and write that the University of Miami Hurricanes are "irrelevant".

FIU is "irrelevant", read their blog.

You are right, Rawdouche. The only thing keeping me from suicide is that I am not a Gatr maggot.

When we had Bubba, Shockey, Winslow, and Olsen, we played in the Orange Bowl. We need our own stadium and better facilities NOW! This will attract the TEs we need to get our 6th and 7th NCs.

What kinds of losers hang around a blog and try to get people to talk to them with stupid and exaggerated statements?

What is this blog?

canes305u - no one believes you're a real person, stop trolling up the stadium 10 times a day.

Before you open your mouths, you should SHOW UP to the conference title game, JUST SHOW UP. Dont win it, JUST SHOW UP.

Go back to being an independent without a conference championship, with that WEAK schedule and home national title games while all the time paying players. Those were the days. Its much harder to not pay players and join a conference (a garbage one at that) and actually try and win it first. Heck, the conference championship is usually a tough game and another stumbling block, but you dont know about that.

How is that top recruiting class under Shannon working out for you? SCRUBS!!!!!!

Just a joke of a football team. Joke of a stadium an hour away from campus. Joke fans. The entire thing is one gigantic JOKE which I am sure most of you are aware of from your romantic encounters.

305U is on a tear with this stadium stuff. Im with you man.....all the way but we shared the OB with the Dolphins too so I really dont see a huge issue other than the experience of being at a game. JoeRobbie/Dolphins Field/SunLife/ whatever it is, the fans are too far away from the field. I live in Blacksburg, Va and used to go to at least 1 game in the OB every year, sometimes 2 and i'll admit, I've been to 1 at SunLife and it just wasn't the same. I do go to every game when theyre close to here though. VT, NC, Wake, UVA, and Clemson.

UM hasn't had a good TE since Wille Smith. Remember him? He was the best TE ever at UM. Winslow wasn't bad either. A lot of us are waiting for the second coming of Nix to finally start implementing the TE in scheme situations.

rawpimple - what's it say about you that you follow this mess so closely? What does the University of Miami have to do with you? Is there nothing else for you to care about?

Cool Cat - I had to google him, he was a freshman the year I was born.

I don't get you sometimes, you do know that Jimmy Graham is the best tight end in the NFL right now, right?

Rawpimple, call the cops. This joke of a school has pounded UTrailer 3 of the last 4 times they played. What does that say about the most cowardly program in college football. Youuuuur Flahriduh Gatards.

Work my Willy, Gatards.

100 years of cowardice and failure.

Don't look now, LSU ain't UAB.

rawpimple isn't even a gators fan, he's a penn st. fan.

Pimple- you are a coward loser. Some of the things you say may be true, butl who are you? And guess what, before you get on here and blabber, please do everyone a favor, and research your opinions, and at least make an attempt to be factual.

Ill give you several examples.

1987, while miami was an independent, its so called weak schedule included 3 sec teams, incl florida, fsu, notre dame, and oklahoma. For your info, no sec team could have played a tougher schedulae than miami that yr miami went undefeated.

Is it miamis fault that they played three ncs at home? They also won one in pasadena. Is that ok with you? Miami has played against what historically been some of the best cfb teams of all time and beat them. 1983 nebraska, 1986 oklahoma, 90s fsu teams

Did you see what miami did to emmit smith in the 87 game?

How good was the sec overall in the 1980s? How many ncs did they win? Other than the 1992 alabama and 1996 florida, or the 1998 tenn team, how many ncs did the sec win in the 90s? Nebraska won 2, fsu won 2, miami won 1, michigan won 1, penn stae won 1. 2000 ok, 2001 miami, 2002, osu...

So, college football began in 2004? According to you, nothing else matters, but you are wrong, you are a fool. A blabbering idiotic sycophant. A non factua
Ignorant selfish, mean bufoon.

Forston was an expected high draft pick to forgo his enior season.
Frankly, I'm happy to have an experienced 5-star gift for next season.
Thats said, still takign the canes tp win by 10 on Saturday - D'Onfrio magic....

You all check out the espn article on Texas QB Gilbert, who was loudly booed and lost his starting job. now he is transferring. Essentially was run out of town. sounds familiar?

Miami fans are not the only ones who boo, or get disgruntled at poor play. Dont let anyone of these blabber mouths convince you of that. Get on the seminole and gator blogs and youll see what they have to say at major league bust brantley, and deer in the headlights driskle. Or the nole blogs. Poor noles. They are overranked at #5, have a bona fide opportunity to beat the #1 team and literally become the no. One team in the country, and they then lose 2 in a row. Gag. That would sk.

Against vt, miami HAS to establish the run. Miller james an clements have to get 200 yds on the ground. Long drives and get points. Otherwise our depleted defense will have a very long day

An example of what it takes to get in the heisman radar, lamar miller: lamichael james ran the rock for 30 carries, plus he returns punts. He ran for 239 yds. Against KSU LM6 ran it 18 times. NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

Cool cat st...f..u. Shockey and winslow werw superb TEs for miami. So wqs BuBba Franks. You k ow nothing

Bburgcane:
I am glad that you are able to understand what i have been trying to say..the Rental does not feel the same..I only dream big for the real South florida team.. but there is to many haters that do not want accept the facts. Hey are u going to the VT game sat..if so were are u tailgating? i am looking for anyone who will tailgate.. The canes will decline in reruits as long as the U keep expanding the hospital and not the football program

canes305u - how many times are you going to make the same point over and over? Give it a rest.

LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES
LETS GO CANES


OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

C-A-N-E-S CANES ! !

We are the canes
305u is right, no stadium, no chance
We should play Graham at TE, I hear he is pretty good
We are the canes
We are not original
Come up with your own name, leave mine alone
Seantrel at DE, Ray Ray at QB
Va Tech has no shot
Heck even Clemson beat them at home

My observation is that more often than not, the tight ends have not been involved in pass routes. Can't catch it if you are always blocking. Over the middle routes seem to be open often. Maybe this week.

TE's hands need to improve. We have seen improvements with catching with the WRs, which is a good sign.

They just need to stop with the excuses and just get better and win more games.

Walford could be really good but we'll never know unless we give him the ball. That move he put on Ohio and scored before it was called back was great. Hell that would have had us at 31-6 for that game. What the hell???


C'mon U we got this!!!

Go Canes !

UF has NEVER had an undefeated season. Ever. both NT's under URBAN they had 1 loss, and the year spuurier won they had 1 loss. Miami had undefeated regular seasons in 1986, 1987, 1988(that cleveland gary bad call was only loss when he really scored td), 1991, 1992,2001,2002. I think that says it alone. plus we won the title in 1989 with 1 loss and 1984 with 1 loss.

well done Dom

EMBRACE THE HATE!!!

[]_[] GO CANES []_[]

We are the canes
We have a bunch of undefeated seasons
Never mind they were in the 80s and 90s
We have never lost a NC game
The refs stole the one against OSU
The refs stole all our recent crapy bowl games too, we were better than ND, Wis, Cal,and LSU
Shapiro is not Uncle Luke
His cash can't buy the same wins as before
Jacory is the best QB in the ACC by far
Dust out the pink suit
Have you seen our DVD?
Fear the mighty U

Will the next outland trophy candidate please step up and fill in Forston's spot!.. Oh wait, its not 1992 anymore... No talent or depth at the U. How sad.. :-(

Re: Gators. 6 out of last 7 games. Go Canes. Don't believe we can stop the run though. Va Tech by 7. Here's hoping I'm wrong!

lets run the table on the hookies......hokieland here we come... the hurricanes will smoke that turkey tmorrow

I am a computer nerd who also follows college football.

My team has no history and no future.

I'm obsessed with the University of Miami because they still matter even though they're not winning national championships.

I post on here multiple times a day because I desperately want UM fans to feel as badly about their program as I do about my own.

I don't understand why they are still supporting their team and why the entire nation is interested in them when they're not winning.

I spend half my day researching UM's players and bowls in an attempt to prove to UM fans that they should feel as badly about their team as I do about mine.


Put your ear to the wind Grinch, Uville is still singing.

Lets all travel to Blacksburg and tailgate with the Hokie Pokies.
Lets run the table, no one can stop us.
We don't need no tight end
We don't need no WR
Run Lamar Run
Jacory won't throw INTs if we don't pass

Raw pimple likes to squeeze and you guys pop for it every time..Ignore and move on to more relevant stuff...He is counting how many times he gets your temperature up and loving it....IGNORE him and he will crawl back in the trailer with his tail between his legs..
U have to understand that the 'Canes blog are bigger and wiser than this ooze...
Go 'Canes beat the Hokies Miami 24 Hokes 10

DOES ANYBODY KNOW MIAMIAS RECORD AGAINST FLORIDA ? I D!... 1 WIN IN LAST 19 TRIES WOOW MUST SUCK FOR UFELONS FANS.. HOW MIAMI CAN SUCK SO BAD _1OYRS AND COUNTING- YET STILL HAV MORE RINGS RECORDS AND PROS STILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!LMAOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!

THATS HOW IGNORANT UFELONS ARE! LOL NO LOGICAL CANES FAN IS TALIN NC YET ALL FLORIDA FANS DO IS TALK ABOUT HOW IREVELANT MIAMI IS FOR 10 YEARS RIGHT HUMMMM 1999 THE U STOMPED UFELONS OHH 2001 STOMPED YOUN FELONS _ IN THE SWAMP OH YEA 2003 AT THE OB AGAIN MIAMI STOPMED UFELONS AND THE CANES PLAYED IN 2004 ORANGEBOWL AND HELD A NATIONAL NUMBER 2 RANKING FOR WEEKS IN 2006 AND A TOP TEN RANKING FOR WEEKS IN 2009 ..NO DOUBT NOT UP TO OUR STANDARDS BUT THATS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN U SET THE STANDARD ESPECIALLY FOR MODERN DAY CFB.. THE PRO STLYE OFFENSE WHICH HARDLY NOBODY USED TILL WE STARTED TO WITH SUCCESS AND DOMINATING FAST EDGE TO EDGE DEFENSE WAS ORIGINATED IN MIAMI FOOOL! MORE RINGS RECORDS AND PROS STILLL !!!!!

HEY 1-19 LAST 20 TRIES AND THE ONE WIN CAME IN 2008 WITH THE BEST EVER GAYTORS TEAM BEATING ONE OF THE WORST CANES TEAMS IN THE LAST 25 YEARS- WHILE PLAYING 19 TRUE FRESHMAN THAT GAME AND THATS WHAT GAYTOR FANS WANT TO BRAG ABOUT??? REALLY.....? NO REALLYY??? 9-3 I THE 4TH QTR WITH TIM ALMIGHTY AND YOUR BEST TEAM EVER ?? ANYONE WHOO KNOWS FOOTBALL KNOWS THAT GAME WAS ALOT CLOSER THAN FINAL SCORE 26-3 EVEN URBAN NAZI KNEW THAT..HENCE HIM THROWING FOR TOUCHDOWNS WITH UNDER A MINUTE LEFT ...COMN YOUR MAKING IT O EASY FOR ME LOLOL

http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin/records/opp-opp.pl?start=1869&end=2010&team1=Florida&team2=Miami%28Florida%29
Let's settle this.....

And for good measure.....
http://football.stassen.com/cgi-bin/records/opp-opp.pl?start=1869&end=2010&team1=Florida+State&team2=Miami%28Florida%29

Sorry, but UF and FIU fans don't deal in history - they deal with fantasy futures that are never going to happen.

And in each case their own future is so bleak that they have to imagine up a doomsday sanctioned death penalty UM future to compare to.

But then, the excitement was tempered. UM was penalized for an illegal formation on the play because receiver Tommy Streeter was not lined up with the ball.

"When they called it back I was like 'Oh man'," Walford said. "But what could you do? That's football."


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No, that's Cane Football ...

btw, nice catch in the above picture by a Cane T.E.

How many time have the Canes won a National title while first winning their conference and conference championship game?

NONE!

Isnt so easy, is it?

Go back to being an independent with that WEAK schedule loaded with Temple, FAMU and the likes all the while not playing in a conference or conference championship game and home national title game.

You cant even show up to the ACC title game and let me tell you the ACC in football, is flat out terrible.

Al Golden went from coaching Temple to Miami. He actually took a step down. Golden lost to Maryland as the Canes coach but Temple beat Maryland this year. What a joke!

Temple >>>>>>>>>>>> dah U

How the mighty have fallen, and hard!

Posted by: Rawpimple

Whatever...the independent schedule Miami played in the 80's was still harder than being in this conference.

Your arguement on Temple is based on the fact the Golden can recruit and coach?

Excuses everyday in this paper. This team just needs to go to VT ready to play.

Forston is horrible, so he won't be missed on D.

You want the TE to score an f'ing TD then throw him the ball. I'm sick of this perception that this is some kind of difficult formula. If the TE can't get open then he stinks...that's your article.

Rawpimple, irrespective of what's going on with UM's football team, you personally are a miserable mean spirited piece of sh*t. There is no way that level of hate and bile doesn't transfer over to your personal life.

So enjoy this outlet, I'm sure it's better received than among people you actually interact with.

Yeah, OK.

Temple, FAMU and the whole host of other losers the Canes scheduled in the 80s and no conference championship game is definitely far easier than going through an SEC gauntlet and then having to play an SEC title game on top of all that.

How long have you been in the ACC and forget winning it, the Canes havent even shown up to the ACC title game--and yes they were still paying players for part of that time? It isn't so easy now, is it? Before you talk at least win a championship and go undefeated in a conference with a conference title game, then U can talk. Until then, enjoy your below average football team and the sanctions! sUcks to be U!

Golden doesnt coach Temple this year---and Temple beat Maryland, the same team that Golden lost to as Hurricanes coach. Hey, but losing to Kansas State at home--they are a pretty tough team that Kansas State. BAHWHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA That is an embarrassment! Kansas State BAHWHAHAHAHAHAHAA..Imagine what a real team would do to this soft Canes team?

This Canes ship is burning and sinking fast!

SECOND MR PIMPLE HOW MANY TIMES WILL U SIDE STEP THE FACT FLORIDA HAS LOST TO MIAMI 18 OF LAST 19 GAMES DURING THREE DECADES AND THEN SAY MIAMI NEVER BEAT NO ONE ?? OBVIOUSLY THE BEAT FLORIDA A WHOLE LOT LOL(YES SCREAM ABOUT YOUR ONE WIN WITH TIM ALMIGHTY )LOL...

Rawpu$$y....Enjoy watching the turds get pounded by 4 touchdowns AGAIN this weekend.

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